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Looking Back

News from Bertha and Hewitt's Pasts

25 Years Ago

December 16, 1998

The Bertha-Hewitt Dollars for Scholars annual radio auction made $2400 this year. According to Dale Howe, the actual amount from the auction was $2393. “Then Glenn Johnson chipped in the additional $7 to make it an even number.” Most of the calls were from Wadena, Staples, Eagle Bend and, of course, Bertha and Hewitt. The most expensive item was a glider which went for $145.


At the home of Gary and Kathy Kleen, the Christmas tree decorated in a fishing theme was a popular conversation piece. The Kleens’ home was one of the five homes featured in the Holiday Tour of Homes presented by the Bertha Lions Club on Saturday, December 13. Tickets to the event were $5 with proceeds going to help support community projects.

50 Years Ago

December 16, 1948

The Welcoming Committee of the Bertha Commercial Club was busy making preparations for Santa Claus’ visit to the village. Santa is out on one of his routine inspection tours and will spend the afternoon with the boys and girls along with free movies and candy for the kiddies to enjoy.


As its closing activity of 1948, the Bertha grade and high school will present the “Nativity.” Mrs. Arnold Kunnerth is in charge of the production and Allen Lind and Miss Sylvia Aldrich are in charge of music. It will be a production with almost the entire school taking part. The entire faculty will assist with costumes, properties, programs and scenery.


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